Trinity, Year A

Musical Reflection
Multi-Love by Unknown Mortal Orchestra


Invocation

Trinity of Love,
deposing the powers
of hate and isolation;
gathering creation
in bonds of mutual care:
may our relatedness be reborn
in justice, mercy and peace;
through Jesus Christ, who is with us always.
Amen.
First Reading

Luminous Great Mass
by Peter O’Leary 

Holy Trinity Airship
billows a

 

chrys-elephantine
cave Louis Sullivan, Arch-
itect, lord master,
conceived of
in the hollow of power.

He swells.
I am his balloonist
balancing an azimuth

as earth-apse I
orbit, robed in
hot gas & leather

fastened by a yolk-stalk
of gravity to gold-
end onions nozzling heavens

whose suns are stomachs
with churches in their navels.

Each we are priests
as aeronauts at the vestibules,
& enter the cavity:

space, self, organ; celest-

ial nave
bellies

stars sailors name saints
and adore—

their egress is bitter
weeping, their praise pure
Russian form:

a cathedral,
my inner orrery.

Second Reading
Three Flies

by Tomaž Šalamun
translated by Brian Henry

Three flies, woken by the sun
on a white, illuminated wall,
leap like the hands of a florist wrapping
bouquets. They remind me of a knife
thrower, who performs with five in the air.
Is the quantity restricted?
Catch and don’t think. Weigh me.
I’ll run away from you like water and press you
like ice if you sizzle too much.
Look at them on the white wall.
Three trees from the new shoots
of a cedar. From the corner of a cube.
And, if you look closely, from
a gully.
 
Gospel Reading
Matthew 28:16-20

Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus told them to go. At the sight of the risen Christ, they fell down in homage, though some doubted what they were seeing. Jesus came near and spoke to them, “I’ve been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of Abba God, and of the Only Begotten, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to carry out everything that I’ve commanded you. Look, I myself will be with you every day until the end of this present age.”

 

Musical Reflection
Requiem for My Mother by The Durutti Column

Prayer
by FD Maurice, adapted

Most blessed and glorious Trinity,
help us to see all distinctions more clearly
in the light of your everlasting love.
Help us to recognize the truth of every effort
to express something of that which passes knowledge.
So may your holy name
embrace us more and more.
So may all creatures in heaven and on earth and under the earth
glorify you throughout all ages.
Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

Our mother,
which art the earth,
Nurturing are thy ways.
Thy web of life be woven
Thy way be found within,
As it is all around.
Thank you this day for our daily bread and sweat
And forgive us our misuse of you,
As we forgive others their misuse of us.
And lead us not into exploitation,
But deliver us
From lording it over you,
And over each other,
And over all our other fellow creatures.
For thine are the waters of life,
The hills, valleys and plains of home,
The breeding, seeding, feeding ground,
For now, and for as close to forever
As we will ever come. Ah, woman!

 

Musical Reflection
You are a Runner and I am my Father’s Son by Wolf Parade


Blessing

The compassing of God be upon us,
the compassing of the God of life.

The compassing of Christ be upon us,
the compassing of the Christ of love.

The compassing of the Spirit be upon us,
the compassing of the Spirit of grace.

The compassing of the Sacred be upon us,
the compassing of the Sacred protect us,
the compassing of the Sacred preserve us.

And may the blessing of God – the Grace, the Love, and the Life,
be with us and remain with us always. Amen.

Sources:

Artwork by Nadia Attura

Invocation from Prayers for an Inclusive Church by Steven Shakespeare

Musical Reflection Multi-Love by Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Poem Luminous Great Mass by Peter O’Leary

Poem Three Flies by Tomaž Šalamun

Musical Reflection Requiem for My Mother by The Durutti Column

Prayer by FD Maurice

Lord’s Prayer from Karen Loveland and Minnesota Women’s Press

Musical Reflection You are a Runner and I am my Father’s Son by Wolf Parade

Blessing from Celtic Daily Prayer

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